Dimapur, November 21: World Fisheries Day was celebrated at Government Demonstration Fish Farm, Thizama, Kohima on November 21 with Advisor for Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Evaluation, Economics & Statistics, L. Khumo Khiamniungan as the special guest. The programme was organized by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Commissioner & Secretary Fisheries & AR, Dinesh Kumar IAS chaired the programme.
Advisor, L. Khumo said the day was observed to explore solutions of our economy in sustainable model. “World Fisheries Day serves as an important reminder that we need to change the way we manage the global fisheries in order to maintain stocks and healthy aquatic eco systems,” he said.
He stated that apart from contributing to the food security of the country, a fishery is an important sector in India, which plays a vital role in the economy of the country, which contributes about 1.07% to the GDP and 5.3% to agriculture and allied activities. The Advisor lauded the department for assisting the fish farmers in building up their economy and livelihoods and encouraged them to continue with the good work for further upliftment of the fish farmers in the state.
Additional Director of Fisheries & AR, Rongsennungba stated that India is one of the largest fish producing countries in the world and shares 7.58% of the global production, contributing 1.24% to India’s Gross Value Added (GVA) and 7.28% to the agricultural GVA. He said that the Department undertakes various projects and programmes for the development of the fisheries sector in the State to attain self sufficiency in fish production through sustainable development of fisheries and activities. It focuses on optimizing production and productivity so as to generate gainful employment opportunities enhancing the State GDP and improving the standard of living in the rural sector.
Stating that the demand of fish in the State has been estimated to the tune of 22,000 MT@11 kg per capita consumption as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) against the present population of 19,80,602 persons (2011 census), Rongsennungba said that the current anticipated fish production (2019-20) in the State stands at 9,448.12 MT. In addition, a bulk quantity of 3,700 MT fish is supplemented by importing fish from outside the State that provides a total per capita consumption of only 6.68 kgs, which is far behind the requirement. He said that there is an urgent need to increase the production of fish in the State to meet the growing consumer demand.
Others who also spoke on the occasion included District Fishery Officer Wokha, C. Dory Yanthan and one fish farmer on behalf of the progressive fish farmers.
Other highlights of the programme included release of training manuals and leaflets by the special guest, Commissioner & Secretary and others while presentation of awards/felicitation was carried out by Kohima District Fishery Officer, Dr. Vimezo Kire.
On the occasion, District Fishery Office, Kohima was also inaugurated by the special guest.
(Page News Service)